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Whitesides and Baker Named to All-SAC Softball Team

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ROCK HILL, SC -- Catawba placed a pair of players on the 2009 All-South Atlantic Conference Softball teams.  Earning first teams honors is senior outfielder Jessie Whitesides (Yadkinville, NC/Homeschool), while senior catcher Ryann Baker (Rockwell, NC/E. Rowan HS) claimed second team honors.  Wingate’s Hallie Pettigrew and Mars Hill’s Ashley Harber were co-Players of the Year, while Newberry’s Amanda Huckstein was named Pitcher of the Year.  The awards were announced at a banquet on Thursday night.

Other top awards went to Wingate’s Michelle Caddigan, who was named Coach of the Year and Lenoir-Rhyne’s Sarah Atkins, who was named Freshman of the Year.  Pettigrew was also named the SAC Scholar Athlete for softball.

Whitesides is hitting .337 on the season, but batted a team-high .429 in league games during the season.  She recently became the school’s all-time leader in hits.  Baker is batting .323 and has connected on a team-high 10 home runs with 30 RBI. 

2009 ALL-SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE SOFTBALL TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
Catcher - Sarah Atkins, Lenoir-Rhyne
Pitcher - Amanda Huckestein, Newberry
Pitcher - Brittany Blankenship, Wingate
1st Base - Ashley Seawell, Mars Hill
2nd Base - Kat Hammond, Newberry
Shortstop - Ashley Harber, Mars Hill
3rd Base - Hallie Pettigrew, Wingate
Outfield - Jessie Whitesides, Catawba
Outfield - Erin Evans, Lenoir-Rhyne
Outfield - Loranda McClain, Wingate
Utility - Noel Belk, Lenoir-Rhyne

SECOND TEAM
Catcher - Ryann Baker, Catawba
Pitcher - Dawon Millwood, Lenoir-Rhyne
Pitcher - Paige Brantley, Mars Hill
1st Base - Sarah Little, Carson-Newman
2nd Base - Rebekah Huff, Mars Hill
Shortstop - Kat Rivers, Lenoir-Rhyne
3rd Base - Whitney Kee, Carson-Newman
Outfield - Leah Price, Carson-Newman
Outfield - Ashley Angell, Mars Hill
Outfield - Anna James, Mars Hill
Utility - Debra Grijalva, Wingate

Co-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Hallie Pettigrew, Wingate and Ashley Harber, Mars Hill
PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Amanda Huckestein, Newberry
COACH OF THE YEAR: Michelle Caddigan, Wingate
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Sarah Atkins, Lenoir-Rhyne
SAC SCHOLAR ATHLETE: Hallie Pettigrew, Wingate

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